Saints Draft Taysom Hill Wanna-Be Despite Placing First-Round Tender on Him Earlier This Offseason

Former Mississippi State QB Tommy Stevens
Former Mississippi State QB Tommy Stevens / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Saints might've just drafted a backup swiss-army knife. Yes, really.

New Orleans placed a first-round tender on Taysom Hill earlier this offseason. The Saints could even view him as their QB of the future, even if he has a ways to go as a passer.

Sean Payton and Co. couldn't envision their offense without Hill, which is why they drafted a player who aspires to be just like the BYU product in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.

From his days at Penn State to his eventual transfer to Starkville, Stevens left much to be desired in the passing game. Such a fault is easy to hide in the college game, especially with Joe Moorhead calling the plays for the majority of Stevens' collegiate career.

In the NFL, Stevens will be asked to do a little bit of everything, perhaps keeping Hill fresher for the packages New Orleans requires him to run at a high level.

We assume the goal isn't to replace Hill -- at least not yet. However, with Hill's responsibilities increasing this offseason to include a legitimate backup QB option to Drew Brees, the selection of Stevens makes some sense.